If Charles De Ketelaere had previously shown good signs in glimpses with Atalanta, we can now talk confidently about a player who is in excellent form.
Calciomercato.com writes how De Ketelaere’s stunning goal against Genoa yesterday is proof of his talent as well as the confidence that he is playing with, which is needed in order to take on such an audacious shot from range.
De Ketelaere has had a phenomenal month: in the last four games with Atalanta the team have collected 12 points, while he has amassed four goals and two assists.
Gian Piero Gasperini was able to give the Belgian a role and a set of instructions that has got the best out of him, and now La Dea are almost certain to use their option to buy him permanently from Milan for €22m.
Meanwhile, the Rossoneri can smile because even the €4m in bonuses as part of the deal – linked to personal and team objectives such as qualification for the Champions League – can be ticked off easily, making a total of close to €30m.
The report adds an interesting bit of background: De Ketelaere could have ended up in LaLiga at Real Sociedad last summer as he was convinced that Spanish football could be better suited to his style of play.
Atalanta were very good at insisting even when the economic distances on the salary were slowing down the negotiations, and now with Gasperini’s work De Ketelaere has found that indispensable confidence to perform at his best, improving game after game.